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    Radiator return nipple broke

    So, while trying to get the belt back on after replacing the alternator on my wife's 2005 SRX, I managed to break the return nipple off (that the overflow/return hose fits to on the radiator itself.) I guess due to age, that piece of plastic was bound to break at sometime. I guess best in my driveway, rather than being stranded again. Anyway, my question is, is it possible to have that repaired, or does the entire radiator need to be replaced? I am guessing the entire *** thing. If so, is it a DIY or take-to-a-shop-and-let-them-deal-with-it job? Any instructions that anyone knows of for replacing one?

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    Pretty much standard job, lotta stuff to remove first to get out of the way. A PM w/ email will get you a PDF.
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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    Thank you!!! Now already almost ready for the new radiator... just have to wait for it to get in in the morning. Without glake89 I would probably be doing a lot of

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    Mine also broke found one on amazon.com for little over $100. Took me an hour to tear everything apart and the next day an hour to install. Took 2 days to receive part.

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    Thanks to glake89, without him, I wouldn't have known where to even start.

    I was able to get it completed. Putting back together wasn't bad at all... in fact, I had to look several times to make sure I hadn't forgotten something But, when taking a part, wow. Took me probably half a day total, mainly because of the stupid lower radiator hose clamp and the angle it was that left no way to get to it. To the point that I was thinking about just cutting the hose and replacing ... well, until I found out it was a hundred bucks for that sucker.

    But, in the end, I was able to get it done and put back together. So far so good. No obvious leaks. Coolant level is staying put. So, I am cautiously optimistic that this several hundred bucks will last a while. FYI, I got radiator from O'Reilly Autoparts for just over 200, but with the core charge from the alternator that I had to replace (that lead to the radiator issue) it was around 180. They ordered it at about 2pm and by 7a the next morning they had it. Can't credit them enough either.

    So, in the end, I have discovered that it is possible to change the alternator and radiator in this thing. It is a beast to do, but it can be done. Next time though, I may have to take it in. But, I persevered with a couple of 10mm wrenches (two ratchets and an open end), vice grips (regular and needle nose), a screwdriver ... blood, sweat, and not too proud to admit, probably some tears. Definitely some choice words a time or two. And a week.

    although, now I am probably a little bit

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    Quote Originally Posted by btwoodward View Post
    although, now I am probably a little bit
    been there, done that! glad you got that done

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    Don't worry we all cry when doing repairs on these

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    Is it possible to thread in a metal fitting into the plastic with a barbed connection??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndforspd69 View Post
    Is it possible to thread in a metal fitting into the plastic with a barbed connection??
    No I've tried on other vehicles it just can't handle the pressure after the repair. Best way on any return nipple is the radiator replacement it sucks but hey at least you get a lifetime warranty afterwards

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    That part of the radiator is plastic? You would think that is a bad engineering design decision.

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    DShitty!! Glake, could you plz pm me a copy of the rad PDF. I tried pm ing you but your mailbox is full, thanks!

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    Had same problem but plastic and metal temperature coefficients aren't the same so it will leak if trying to repair it. I replaced the whole radiator at amazon for little over $100.

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    wow i had the same thing happen to me today. with the nipple for the overflow. how do you take these radiators out some one please. can anyone give me a pdf so i can get my Betty back on the road please..

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    Re: Radiator return nipple broke

    Ask and you receive-
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